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  1. Accidental Coach, I love these yearly admissions lists! Thank you for doing them. I think they are a great encouragement to the high school and younger crowd!
  2. Our DD was accepted into BYU Provo! She had other acceptances with scholarships, but this is the one she was waiting for!
  3. My youngest DD received her scores yesterday. We're thrilled with a 34 English score, but her math and science are still in the 20's. She was at the top of her PreCal class (by quite a bit) and her Chemistry class this last year, but she is still struggling with the speed issue when it comes to the ACT. She's going to take an ACT/College Prep camp at her favorite university and see if she can learn some tricks to boost her speed. She has the "average" ACT score now for admission to her preferred university, but she feels the need to prove herself with her math/science scores.
  4. It's been a few years since my oldest girls used Cambridge, but if I remember correctly the recommended pacing as being adjusted for age. For junior high you would use one book a year, for high school one book a semester, for college all four books in a year.
  5. Not to downplay the need for live lecture note-taking, but for students who are on a college-prep track, I think that advanced note-taking for research papers (not just some notes on a 3x5 card) is also an important skill that shouldn't be dismissed or overlooked. Writing with Skill is my favorite for this. Students learn how to take different types of notes for different topoi, and these pre-writing skills greatly help in their thinking and their organization so that their writing is more logical. The lessons help students avoid plagiarism, save research time, and tell the difference between common knowledge and what needs a citation. I feel like these types of note-taking skills are incredibly helpful tools.
  6. I would agree with Julie of KY that there is a time to move on from IEW. This would depend on how many years of IEW your student has already had. Please don't misunderstand, I love it, but there is more to writing than what IEW offers. If your child has had several years of IEW, then I recommend doing a different program for next year.
  7. My DS rents a Mac laptop from the university that he uses for most of his classes, but he brought an old HP from home for an information systems class that wasn't compatible with a Mac. He has loved the Mac because it is compatible with most of what he needs to do at school. We've never owned an Apple at home, so I understand your husband's reluctance, but it has been a good choice for DS at college. We're only spending about $200 for the rental for a year. DS is going to go on a two-year mission, so we don't want to make an actual purchase until he returns. My kids have all done online classes through high school, so I understand how important it is to have good wifi access. We have had good luck with HP and Dell. I'm on a Dell Inspiron 3521 Notebook right now that I love, but last year we bought my daughter has an Inspirion 5000 that I cannot stand. She likes it well enough, but I really loathe it because I cannot get the mousepad to copy and paste. They were both bought directly from Dell online, but mine was from the outlet section. The HP's we've had were very basic but worked well. I did recently have connection issues with this Dell, but I went online, found the solution and fixed it.It was a bit more challenging than I'm used to (I'm technologically challenged), but after a couple of attempts, I finally got the wifi working again.
  8. We read this version: I don't remember explicit gore, the kind you read in The Illiad, but that could be because it has been a couple of years. It was definitely a military story, but what stands out in my memory is Xenophon's leadership. Hope this helps. :)
  9. We know a few young men at UNR, I believe they are all engineering majors. One of the boys' dad graduated from there and has had a successful engineering career.
  10. Oh, I'm so sorry. I had mono and strep throat simultaneously in college and it wasn't fun. Mostly I just slept. That's all I could do for quite awhile, but he might have a milder case. Easy food, like canned soup or ramens with frozen veggies can be a lifesaver when you have no energy (if he has a kitchen it can be easier than walking to the cafeteria). My DS is also first-semester college and has had to deal with a broken hand that needed surgery and our insurance wouldn't cover out of state. So, he's had to fly back and forth several times for both the surgery and the follow-ups. He's missed quite a bit of school because of it. Then he got sick. I thought it was from stress, but his roommates were all passing it around. I Amazoned some good supplements to DS in order to build his immune system. Vicks vapor rub (or Doterra Breathe oil) on the feet at bedtime can be helpful if he has a cough. My DS has had to drop one class (coding) because everything (typing, showering, etc...) is taking so long to do one handed. DS had a couple of profs who would work with him, and some that are almost unreachable with TAs who won't give any leeway. He'll have to retake it next semester. Sounds like your DS doesn't have that problem, but he should be prepared for just being tired and schedule in extra time to complete everything. I remember the first time I was feeling better after having mono. I got dressed and was driving to meet a friend when I realized that I had used all my energy just getting ready, haha! I had to turn around and go back home. I wish him a speedy recovery!
  11. It is interesting how different books affect us differently. I found Jane Eyre depressing in high school and warned my oldest not to read it when she asked about it in junior high. She read it anyway and loved it. You just never know. A lot of it has to do with where you are in life's journey. My kids found these classics to be particularly uplifting: Homer's Odyssey Xenophon's Persian Expedition Virgil's Aeneid Cicero's Basic Works The Voyage of St. Brendan Dante's Purgatory and Paradise Asser's Life of Alfred Monmouth's History of the Kings of Britain Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing Austen's Pride and Prejudice
  12. Oh my, this hits home! We leave in 12 days to take my only DS to college, and then I have one 16 yo DD left at home. I randomly break into tears while driving or talking... I did not expect to be feeling this sad!
  13. Some recommendations: I Am Malala (non-fiction) London Calling by Edward Bloor Tangerine by Edward Bloor Big Mouth and Ugly Girl by Joyce Carol Oates (this is probably my favorite young person book I've read this summer) Passenger by Alexandra Bracken (I haven't read this yet, but my 16yo DD loved it, so it is on my list) Others my kids have enjoyed: Anything by N.D. Wilson Percy Jackson series (Greek, Roman, and Norse ) The Harry Potter series The Uglies series Scarlett Pimpernel series Divergent series Hunger Games series Delirium series (very similar to Divergent) Fahrenheit 451 The Giver Mrs. Mike Christy My older girls enjoyed some of the Sarah Dessen books, like Keeping the Moon, when they were in high school, but they might be too old for your daughter. I seem to remember they contained fairly mature content. My kids tended to find one author they love and read every book that they could find by that author. Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Emma Orczy, and ND Wilson have been some of their favorites. Something that can be fun is to find some books that she missed when she was younger, books like From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, Black Beauty, Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates, Wheel on the School, etc... and read those now for fun. Edited because I always mess up :)
  14. That's pretty funny! DS is very excited about attending the football games, win or lose! He's got his BYU shirts, and I think we'll have to get some blue face paint, too. :laugh: Oh, and, one great thing is how he's been able to connect with other incoming freshmen online, and not just his roommates. They are even doing a t-shirt exchange this summer! It's such a different world than when my husband and I went. In the freshmen online groups he has learned a lot from younger siblings of current students about all sorts of everyday stuff. We even changed his meal plan because of what he's learned from these other students (after I verified the info, of course). DS is also doing a late summer honors course, which is a 1 unit/1 week/1 topic class, and a great way to get a jump start on getting to know the campus. He's literally counting down the days until he starts school. He is a homeschool boy who is ready to fly!
  15. Yes, the Roman Roads website can be very difficult to navigate! That's one of the reasons I found it important to be able to communicate with them, otherwise I would have never been able to figure out how to access everything. You can also take a look at Schola's website. It's definitely not been updated, but it's also not complicated, haha! Even my kids can't figure out the RR website, and they're the ones I usually turn to for tech help. You might enjoy Roman Roads youtube channel. Mr. Callihan describing his library is worth watching:
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